Rep's Son Dabs, Confusing Paul Ryan

Roger Marshall's son pulled out popular dance move during 115th Congress photo op
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2017 7:51 AM CST
House Speaker Paul Ryan administers the House oath of office to Rep. Roger Marshall during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday as Marshall's son dabs.   (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

(Newser) – The 115th Congress was sworn in Tuesday, and Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall was one of the newbies who took advantage of a photo op with Speaker Paul Ryan after the ceremony. But per CNN, another Marshall ended up stealing the spotlight: the congressman's son, who started dabbing—for the uninitiated, Wikipedia describes it as "a dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing," and often employed by the Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton to celebrate a touchdown.

Ryan seemed flummoxed by whatever was going on next to him, asking young Marshall, "Do you want to put your hand down?" Ryan said, gently pulling the boy's arm down. "You gonna sneeze? That it?" The elder Marshall responded with details of his son's fate Tuesday afternoon, tweeting, "Just so you know @SpeakerRyan: He's grounded." But Ryan's take on the dab debacle showed it was less the punishment he was concerned about and more answers that he sought. "Just finished swearing-in photos. Nearly 300 members. Countless cute kids. Still don't get what dabbing is, though," he tweeted Tuesday evening. Someone tape a Panthers game for him? (Read more Paul Ryan stories.)

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